Tulsa's Denver Johnson to be Honored by National Football Foundation
July 9, 2012
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - University of Tulsa Offensive Line Coach, Denver Johnson, will be the 2012 recipient of the Merv Johnson Integrity in College Coaching Award. The award was set up by the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Football Foundation to honor a collegiate coach in the state of Oklahoma who displays integrity in the profession. The award was named after Merv Johnson due to his longstanding high character career. Former winners include Kevin Wilson, Bill Young, current Tulsa Head Football Coach Bill Blankenship, Charlie North and former TU quarterback and Golden Hurricane Head Football Coach Dave Rader.
Johnson is entering his second year with the Golden Hurricane as assistant head coach and offensive line coach. Johnson has spent a total of 27 years coaching college football.
Last year, the Tulsa offensive line was ranked among the top-35 in the country for fewest sacks and fewest tackles for lost yardage allowed, while the Hurricane offense ranked 26th for rushing offense and 27th nationally for total offense. Senior guard Clint Anderson earned first-team all-conference accolades, while tackle Tyler Holmes was an honorable mention all-C-USA selection and signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Vikings.
Johnson will receive his award as part of the 28th Annual Scholar-Athlete Dinner on Tuesday, July 11, 2012 at the Jim Thorpe Museum presented by The Oklahoma Chapter of the National Football Foundation and the Jim Thorpe Association.
The evening feature special guest speaker, Dean Blevins, Sports Director for KWTV and will include the presentation of the Jim Thorpe Cross Country/Track Athletes of the Year; The Oklahoman/Jim Thorpe Scholarships; The NFL Scholarships presented by the Oklahoma Chapter of the NFL Retired Players Association; the Chamberlain Challenge Awards presented by F.A.T.E., Fighting Addiction Through Education; and the National Football Foundation Awards, including the NFF Scholar Athlete Awards, the NFF High School Football Coaching Awards and the Merv Johnson Integrity in College Coaching Award.
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